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HARTFORD — A Newbury Street resident shot at two men — hitting one — after they menaced him, rammed his car and pulled a gun on him early Saturday, police said.

The wounded suspect was hospitalized and the other was charged with several crimes.

The Newbury Street man who fired the shots is considered a victim and will not be charged, police said. He was not injured, and had a valid permit for his pistol, according to investigators.

The man, a National Guard staff sergeant who requested his name not be used to protect him and his family, tells FOX Connecticut he was driving on his street around 2:20 a.m. when he came across two cars blocking the road.

He honked, and the two other drivers “became upset and approached … in a confrontational manner,” according to a police report.

The man, who says he served in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007 as a member of the Guard’s 102nd Infantry Regiment, says he felt threatened.

The resident told them he didn’t want trouble, and both drivers briefly left but then returned and drove toward his car. One, Edwin Franqui, rammed the Newbury Street man’s car head-on, while the other, Leanardo Vasquez, pulled alongside the man and aimed a gun at him, according to police.

The resident pulled out his own pistol and fired several shots; one struck Vasquez, police said. Vasquez, 23, ran off and was later admitted to a hospital and listed in stable condition, according to police. Franqui, 22, was arrested by arriving officers and charged with failing to drive in the proper lane, driving with a suspended license and failing to carry a license. Police said he later damaged a door at police headquarters and was charged with criminal mischief.

As of Saturday afternoon, police had filed no charges against Vasquez. He and Franqui are both Hartford residents, police said.

Investigators provided no further details of the incident.

Residents of Newbury Street say they were shocked the incident happened in what many describe as a “quiet” neighborhood.

“I’ve seen a lot of police around (this morning), something we’ve not seen around here,” said Angel Arzuan, a Newbury Street resident who heard the gunshots.

Arzuan says he knows the man and his family, and saw  no reason for what happened.

“They’re good people. They’re very good people,” he said.


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  • AR-PRO

    Glad to hear the homeowner was Ok, it’s about time the media started reporting stories of people defending themselves against low life scum.

  • Law Abiding Citizen

    They forgot to mention that one of the men blocking the driveway pulled a gun on the driver and that the driver's gun was legally owned. Funny how they fail to mention those details and just say that the man felt threatened, pulled out a gun, and shot the guy
    . Just more liberal propaganda to take our guns away.

  • CTHomie

    Yeah, they’re the kind of good people who hang around in the street at 2AM and threaten people’s lives. I don’t see why pointing a gun at someone or ramming them head on with a car is reason to be shot or arrested either. Good folks.

  • RetAFcop

    I'm sorry, where were the police to protect this guy? Aren't THEY supposed to be the ones to protect citizens?! Aren't Connecticut's draconian gun prohibition laws supposed to keep this man safe?! Aren't they supposed to keep the guns out of the hands of thugs?!

    Oh, I forgot. This isn't the oft referenced Utopian land of unicorns and rainbows that is so often promised us by gun control advocates. This is real life where bad guys will get guns regardless of the laws(and ignore even more laws by using them in the commission of crimes) and the prohibitions handed down to the masses only serve to further hinder those who would follow the laws in the first place.

    Sadly, I guarantee there are readers of this story who feel that the SSgt should have just gotten shot and is a bad person for even owning a gun!

    Stand strong Connecticut. We are with you.

  • Jason

    too bad everyone just says "yeah he just honked" because thats what all people that "honk" do, they just honk lightly and don't do anything else… there are two types of people, those who honk and those who dont, and i have yet to see the one who honks, who "just honks". self defense, sure.. instigated? who knows.

  • jackal

    Bottom line: In CT, you can not pull out your weapon unless you are in "imminent danger"
    Someone else pulled a gun first.
    Good for the man who was the intended "victim"
    Suck it, Governor Malloy. This one reason why We The People have rights

  • JD Mix

    There’s only one problem with this story, & that is that the perp who rammed the victim’s car was not charged with Assault With A Dead Weapon.
    Had he rammed a police car, this charge would have been first on the list in the report filed explaining the fifty bullet holes & two dead perps.

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